“Joy. And pain. Like sunshine. And rain”
Anyone old enough (or South London enough) to remember that from the 80s?
It’s what we need right now. As second wave accelerates, as the days get shorter, as the economy tightens. We don’t need to add more dark.
Make an effort to dig in to humour, to look for and point out the light, to see the opportunities for gratitude.
We can intentionally do all of these things rather than ignoring them, hoping they’ll just appear, or dismissing them as “unprofessional”.
And if you’re in a leadership position, that goes 10x for you. Find the reserves. Get the support you need. Listen to music. Watch your favourite comedians. List your gratitudes. Find the opportunities to make more conscious business. Find purpose in your responsibility to your team.
Because your mood, even over Zoom or Teams or carrier pigeon, will influence the team.
So how about we start each meeting with a round robin of our favourite joke? Adds 10 minutes to meeting time, but some light and joy where it’s needed.
The weather is grey. Work doesn’t need to be.
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